Admit I have not read all through this thread only the first 40 or so, will go back and finish reading, but wanted to comment before I forgot the points I wanted to make. Sorry if they have already been stated. RE: Women pilots Was just reading an article in a news magazine a couple weeks ago and the US Air Force is either 16 or 19 percent female. There were woman pilots bombing Afghanistan. RE: Female bounty hunters There was a series on USA network last year, based on a true story, of a woman and her daughter who became bounty hunters after their husband's, and father's, death. So they do exist in the real world. The SW universe, though technically a long time ago, is also far more advanced than our own. Women had, I'm sure, been "emancipated" for many more years than they have here, thus they would have had time and perhaps the time to develop the inclination to take on those things we see as traditionally male roles. Also I would hardly say the SW is overrun with female Xena's. We seen lots of male bounty hunters and happen to see one female one, who is caught. We see dozens of male pilots and one or two female ones. You know during WWII some of Russia's better pilots were woman. They were also some of their better shart shooters. As for female Jedi, why would it be any stranger to have a female Jedi than to have a 3 foot tall green troll as the most powerful Jedi? I doubt Yoda's species is normally very physically powerful. It's about the Force. When you are a Jedi "size matters not".